Posted Wed Dec 23rd by Monty
Streak: Won 5
Series vs. Denver: Eagles, 6-4
Last time: Broncos, 49-21, 2005
The Line: Eagles by 7
Who’s hot: WR/Specialist DeSean Jackson. The second-year product out of California is killing it with big plays this season. He has over 1,000 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on the year, eight of which came on plays of over 50 yards (an NFL record). In fact, Jackson hardly knows how to score any other way: his 19-yard touchdown catch last week against San Francisco was his first score under 35 yards this season.
Who’s not: RB’s LeSean McCoy and Leonard Weaver. It’s fair to say the Eagles miss Brian Westbrook, but the Donovan McNabb-led air attack has made up for his absence. McCoy and Weaver have been admirable in split duty, but far from stellar. They combined for exactly 100 yards on the ground last week while milking a lead most of the game, but the Giants stuffed them to the tune of 61 yards the week before. Part of this is by design because the Eagles’ passing offense is so explosive, but part of it is just plain inability to grind out yards. They hope to get Westbrook back against the Broncos, though.
Matchup to watch: Eagles Blitzers vs. Broncos OL. The Eagles brought the house against the 49ers in Week 15, and Alex Smith hardly had any time to throw. They repeatedly sent five or six men in pressure packages, and, more often than not, one or two of their blitzers would make it through the Niners o-line completely unblocked. This befuddled the Niners offense, who didn’t have an answer, and Smith was running for his life. The pressures forced three interceptions and a number of throw-aways by the fifth-year QB. The Broncos will watch tape and want to avoid the five- and seven-step drops San Fran repeatedly dialed up, lest they become the next victim to a speedy Philly defensive front.